Actress Sally Field Recalls Being Sexually Abused by Her Stepfather and Also Points Accusing Fingers at Some Hollywood Big Names
Sally Field has recently written a memoir in which she revealed a lot of shocking secrets she has managed to keep hidden all her life until this moment.
According to the New York Times, the 71-year old iconic Oscar winner revealed how she suffered sexual abuse in the hands of her stepfather and how she had a secret abortion at an early age in her upcoming memoir titled “In pieces”.
Sally’s mum Margaret Field got married to actor Jock Mahoney in 1952. “It would have been so much easier if I’d only felt one thing if Jocko had been nothing but cruel and frightening. But he wasn’t,” Sally wrote in her memoir of Mahoney, according to the Times. “He could be magical, the Pied Piper with our family as his entranced followers.”
According to reports by newspapers, the actor often summoned Sally into his bedroom alone. According to the New York Times, Field wrote “I knew, I felt both a child, helpless and not a child. Powerful. This was power. And I owned it. But I wanted to be a child—and yet.” Though it is unknown how old the actress was when the abuse began, she recorded that she was 14 when it stopped and her mother got divorced from Mahoney in 1968.
However, Sally kept the abuse from her mum up until she gets the role to play Mary Todd in Stephen Spielberg’s 2012 movie titled Lincoln.
Sally also talked about an episode with Jimmy Webb where she opened her eyes to see the songwriter humping on top of her after they had smoked a joint together back in 1968.
She told the times that she didn’t think he did that intentionally “I felt he was stoned out of his mind.”
In response to the accusation Webb told the papers that “I am being asked to respond to a passage in a book that the publishers refuse to let me read, even at my lawyer’s request, so all I can do is recount my memories of dating Sally in the swingin’ 1960s. Sally and I were young, successful stars in Hollywood. We dated and did what 22-year-olds did in the late 60s—we hung out, we smoked pot, we had sex.” He continued that “I have great memories of our times together and great respect for Sally—so much respect that I didn’t write about her in my book because I didn’t want to tarnish her Gidget image with our stories of drugs and sex.”
The actress also pointed accusing fingers at movie director Bob Rafelson. She claimed Bob allegedly said that he wasn’t going to hire someone “who doesn’t kiss good enough” when she was auditioning for the movie Stay hungry. So according to her, she kissed the director and “It must have been good enough.”
Bob, however, denied the accusation by telling the papers that “It’s untrue. That’s the first I’ve ever heard of this. I didn’t make anybody kiss me to get any part.”
However, Sally field did not forget to mention her relationship with deceased Burt Reynold as that remains the most popular of her relationships. Sally described the late actor as both “swaggering and charismatic,” adding that their relationship was “confusing and complicated, and not without loving and caring, but complicated and hurtful to me.” Field shared some information about Reynolds drug use an issued with anger and anxiety amongst other things. Adding that in the course of their relationship she was “somehow exorcising something that needed to be exorcised” after her stepfather’s sexual abuse. “I was trying to make it work this time.”
The told the newspaper of the book that “This would hurt him. I felt glad that he wasn’t going to read it, he wasn’t going to be asked about it, and he wasn’t going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have. I did not want to hurt him any further.”
The book is set to be released soon, and we are looking to read about more accusations and wait to hear the reactions of the accused when the time comes.